Erwin Schleich

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Erwin Schleich (born April 20, 1925 in Munich ; † August 13, 1992 ) was a German architect , monument conservator and architectural historian , who was particularly known for the reconstruction of Munich monuments after damage in the Second World War.


Erwin Schleich graduated from the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich in 1943 with the Abitur. From 1947 to 1951 he studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich . After graduating, he worked for several years as a trainee lawyer in the Bavarian State Building Administration. From 1952 he led the excavations in Munich's Peterskirche . From 1954 to 1956 he was Hermann Leitenstorfer's research assistant at the chair for design, preservation of monuments and sacred architecture at the Technical University of Munich. In 1957 he received his doctorate on the subject of “The Peterskirche in Munich, its building history and its relationship to the city in the Middle Ages, presented on the basis of the results of the excavations” . He then worked as a freelance architect and was responsible for the restoration or reconstruction of numerous Munich monuments. In 1973 he was appointed to the State Monument Council and was a member of the board of the Bavarian State Association for Homeland Care from 1974 to 1991 .

In 1965 Erwin Schleich was awarded the Bavarian Poet Thaler by the Munich tower writers .

His estate is in the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich .

With his work Erwin Schleich made a formative contribution to the preservation of monuments in Munich, the quality of which is judged differently: St. Anna im Lehel and the women's collegiate church, says Hans F. Nöhbauer in 1982, were "reconstructed by Erwin Schleich sensitively and with a great understanding of art". Thirty years later, Peter B. Steiner describes the architect's handwriting very differently: In the pilgrimage church of Maria Dorfen, “Munich architect Erwin Schleich (...) replaced the [neo-Gothic] choir altar with an Asam remake in 1963 - a reconstruction based on the architectural forms of the pilgrimage altar by Egid Quirin Asam from 1748, but the plastic and colorful implementation is a dumpling baroque, a populist coarsening of baroque forms, as they are also Schleich's other "reconstructions" in Munich churches (Damenstift, Anna am Lehel, St. Peter and Asamkirche ). "


Künstlerhaus on Lenbachplatz

Buildings (selection)


  • The Peterskirche in Munich, its building history and its relationship to the city in the Middle Ages, presented on the basis of the results of the excavations (= Upper Bavarian Archive for Patriotic History. 83). Publishing house of the historical association of Upper Bavaria, Munich 1958 (= dissertation, Technical University Munich 1957).
  • The Asam Church in Munich, a contribution to the restoration in 1977. Steinkopf Verlag, Stuttgart 1977, ISBN 3-7984-0348-1 .
  • The second destruction of Munich (= New series of the Munich City Archives. 100). Steinkopf Verlag, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-7984-0530-1 .
  • Hocheder, Karl. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 9, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1972,ISBN 3-428-00190-7, p. 285 f. ( Digitized version ).

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Annual report of the Wilhelms-Gymnasium in Munich. 1942/43.
  2. ^ Hans F. Nöhbauer: Munich. A history of the city and its citizens . Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich 1982, ISBN 3-7991-6168-6 , p. 219 .
  3. Peter B. Steiner: Church leaders against the leader. "Schnell / German Churches" 1934 . In: Upper Bavarian Archive . tape 138 , 2014, p. 178–201, here p. 185 .